Honors College Theses

Publication Date



Interior Design (B.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Faculty Mentor

Chris Smith


This study highlights the importance of lighting in academic library spaces, specifically in relation to students' seating choices and overall experience. The research is significant as it emphasizes the role that environmental factors can play in creating a conducive learning environment for students. The study utilized a mixed-methods approach, which combines quantitative and qualitative data collection methods to provide a comprehensive understanding of students' lighting preferences. The quantitative data collected through open observations and the use of a light meter provided insights into the relationship between lighting and seating choices. The qualitative data collected through questionnaires helped to understand the subjective experiences of students in relation to lighting. The study shows that 90% of students prefer natural lighting for studying, and 35% consider lighting moderately important when selecting a study area. The study's findings highlight the importance of offering a range of seating alternatives that accommodate varying lighting preferences to improve students' well-being and academic achievement. Additionally, 35% of students prefer personal and social space when someone sits near them, using proxemic zoning. Academic libraries can create a conducive learning environment by providing adequate lighting and seating options that meet students' preferences. Further research is necessary to examine the precise impacts of illumination on academic performance, productivity, and cognitive processes in various library contexts.